Development and steroidogenic activity of preantral follicles in the neonatal rat ovary.


The neonatal rat ovary is completely devoid of antral follicles until the twelfth day of age. During this period the ovary becomes steroidogenically active and responsive to gonadotrophins. The aim of this study was to correlate the onset of ovarian androgen and oestrogen production in vitro with the first appearance of distinct granulosa and theca cells… (More)


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